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    2001 VFR
    2003 CRF450R

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  1. Is it too late to get a set of 8th gen headers?

    1. Duc2V4

      Duc2V4

      The short answer is no, in fact we need to get more 8 Gen orders, so if you know of any other 8 Gen owners who are not aware of this header or not on the forum (they should be!) let them know. 

    2. sfdownhill

      sfdownhill

      Hi camspar,

       

      As Duc2V4 confirmed, nope, it’s not too late for 8 gen headers. Wade the fabricator has actually built  number of 8’gen headers, and they will be available in short order, ready for shipping in about 2 weeks.

       

      If youd like a set, let us know by making a $200 deposit to the paypal account associated with vfrheaders@gmail.com. In the note section of the pp transfer, please state the following info so we can track your order and get it on its way:

      -vfrd username

      -8 gen

      -whether you want an 18mm O2 sensor bung  for an auto tune system. The second bung also allows a dyno tech to get better readings on air/fuel ratio. The headers do come with one 12mm bung to accept the single OEM O2’sensor.

      -shipping address

       

      We will message you with confirmation that we received your deposit.

       

      Thanks,

       

      Lance and Darryl

       

    3. sfdownhill

      sfdownhill

      Hi camspar,

       

      As Duc2V4 confirmed, nope, it’s not too late for 8 gen headers. Wade the fabricator has actually built  number of 8’gen headers, and they will be available in short order, ready for shipping in about 2 weeks.

       

      If youd like a set, let us know by making a $200 deposit to the paypal account associated with vfrheaders@gmail.com. In the note section of the pp transfer, please state the following info so we can track your order and get it on its way:

      -vfrd username

      -8 gen

      -whether you want an 18mm O2 sensor bung  for an auto tune system. The second bung also allows a dyno tech to get better readings on air/fuel ratio. The headers do come with one 12mm bung to accept the single OEM O2’sensor.

      -shipping address

       

      We will message you with confirmation that we received your deposit.

       

      Thanks,

       

      Lance and Darryl

       

  2. Hey #3, nice touch painting the lock mechanism black.
  3. I’m jumping in without reading entire thread, so apologies if this has been covered. Check in with Sebspeed about the simple stainless Y bracket he builds to replace right side passenger rearset.
  4. Looks great capn. I never got to hear the Wolf with the new packing installed and quiet inserts removed - I bet with the TBR headers it is schweeet! Getting to have a listen to your bike is another reason for us to get out on a ride together.
  5. There has been a lot of activity since I was last staying up with events on this thread - all good stuff, even the teething problems. I sincerely apologize to everyone here for being off the reservation. I am currently in the high Colorado mountains and clinging to a one-bar signal that literally blows away when the wind moves. I will be back on reliable internet Monday and will thoroughly flesh out the points below. I have not been idle...Wade and I have been talking regularly about: (1) plans to finish the production run of 8 gen headers and sell from stock without waiting for 15 deposited orders. Wade is considering this. (2) modifying his jigs to move cylinder #1 primary 1/4” to the right, as there is slight interference with the center stand at the bottom of its arc. This occurs on my bike and the 8 gen w prototype headers, perhaps others? (3) gearing up further to do another run of 5/6 gen headers. On 5 and 6 gens cylinder 4 (front right) clearance with the inner half ‘chin’ cowl is a problem. The TBR headers get very very close at this point, and our production headers touch the chin cowl. Here are the TBR installed on a 5 gen: On my 5 gen heating the chin cowl with a heat gun and flexing it forward where the headers touch provided enough clearance to avoid melting plastic. The blue tape is how I marked the area to heat and flex: I just found out this internet connection can’t handle full res photos, so I’ll reduce the image sizes and insert then into this post as an edit later today. More to follow.
  6. Cool - thanks Seb. A clear topping coat is a good idea - like adding whipped cream to anything - might very well lighten things up. I will check w the applicator and see if he’s up for a test.
  7. New in box, never installed Factory Pro Shift STAR kit for 5/6/8 gen VFR800s $200 plus shipping. All parts still sealed in manufacturer’s original packaging.
  8. Here’s the admittedly subtle difference between Honda Pyrite Brown Metallic (8 gen accent color) and the way my powdercoater applied Prismatic Triple Bronze. I recommend that anyone having powdercoating done with a specific color in mind have a test part done or at least get color swatches.
  9. This kit includes wheel, complete axle/hub, sprocket bolts, lug nut, and rotor bolt/nut - everything needed to convert a 5 gen or 6 gen to the 8 gen 10 spoke rear wheel except the driven sprocket and brake rotor. $600 plus shipping. If the buyer wants it, I will include the OEM 8 gen driven sprocket, but the sprocket is for 525 pitch chain, and 5/6 gens are 530, though many have converted to 520. The wheel is true [side-to-side] within 0.33mm and round [up-and-down] within 0.07mm The hub and the wheel each have a small scrape on them, shown in these close-ups:
  10. Hey Sean - I love the Triple Bronze too, and it definitely was a perfect match for MiniCarver's 8 gen components. But I went astray by not getting color swatches from Prismatic or, even better, paying my applicator to buy a small amount and powdercoat a test piece. I had a pair of wheels, 2 valve covers, a clutch cover, and three calipers coated in Prismatic Triple Bronze and they all came out a lovely darker, greener color than the 8 gen wheel/component color. After facing the consequences [cost] of my mistake, I contacted Prismatic and learned that they have a four tier color matching program. You send them a part that is the color you want to match, then they do either a [1] Quick Search - a no-charge search of all their current colors with no minimum purchase. They then send you 2-5 swatches of the colors they've found closest to your color for $6 shipping [2] Archive Search - no charge for the search, but there is a 6 pound minimum purchase [Powdercoat powders run roughly $11-15 per pound]. They search 6500 colors and textures they have on file, then send color/texture swatches [unspecified quantity] closest to the part you sent for $6 shipping. [3] Reformulation - the Prismatic description of this process is not entirely clear, but the service costs $100 to provide swatches, and carries a 10 pound minimum purchase. [4] New Formulation - again the description is not clear, but does involve terms like 'chemistry' and 'complex'. This service costs $400 to produce a sample of the color, requires a 45 pound minimum purchase, and takes 8-12 weeks.
  11. cargustav, great detective work with the pressurizing mechanism and bubble factory. I sincerely apologize that you are having to wrestle with these problems. I’ll ask Wade about the leaking at several places on your headers. A friend of mine is the owner of a local automobile exhaust shop, motorcyclist, and long ago built headers for a VF500. Side note: a year or so ago, I approached him about building our headers, but he declined. He uses the copper silicon in the photo below on all slip joints and potential exhaust leak spots. I’ve got to get my bike back together and check my production headers for leaks.
  12. I’m late to the party, but this thread is probably the best example I’ve ever seen of our community in action. It’s like carlgustav has more than 6-7 experienced guys in his garage w him, and they can instantly run out to their own bikes to check stuff, then return to his garage. I don’t have much to add regarding fueling - I take good care of my bike, but still feel luckier every day that my 2001 w 60k miles just runs and runs. I can offer a bit of supporting evidence about possible leaks from Delk 42mm crush gaskets. When I’ve installed the new headers w Delk 42mm gaskets (seam side toward the head), they’ve always resulted in a crush and seal like the one in the photo below (photo is of a 5 gen) so I never kept close track of which gasket did what on which cylinder. It’s visible that the gasket seated further from the port at the lower right of the photo - that’s the part of the gasket that was last to go into place and really really didn’t want to go there without a fight. One thing that was clear was that the Delk 42mm gaskets are a bitch to get started on a 5 gen - on about 30% of 5 gen cylinders I had to let the headers do the final insertion. On the one 6 gen and one 8 gen where I’ve used them, the gaskets went into place with only a little wrestling and fewer curse words.
  13. Thanks Buzzner. Sounds dodgy - glad you were able to nurse it home. My issue must be something else, probably one last air bubble I don’t know how to find/get rid of.
  14. Buzzner, what behavior does a master cylinder with a plugged return port exhibit? I’ve been chasing a soft-levered 5 gen delinked front brake system for ages, bled the system carefully multiple times, rebuilt master and calipers w OEM Honda parts, but didn’t know about a return port or how to check it.
  15. Thanks for doing the legwork to find Prismatic's Triple Bronze as a match for 8 gen accent colors. Did you try Triple Bronze out on a test piece before having all those parts coated?
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